WPA Filing Checklists

The purpose of a Notice of Intent filing is to protect the Commonwealth's wetland resources in accordance with the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, which prohibits the removal, dredging, filling, or altering of wetlands without the filing of a Notice of Intent and the issuance of a permit (Order of Conditions).

Following the issuance of an Order of Conditions, unforeseen circumstances sometimes arise which may require minor deviations from the project approved in that Order. In this case the filing of a Request to Amend an Order of Conditions provides assurances to applicants that modifications undertaken in the course of the project are within the scope of the deviations allowed for the receipt of a Certificate of Compliance.

The Request for Determination of Applicability is a process which provides applicants with the option of seeking a determination on the applicability of the Wetlands Protection Act (the Act) to a proposed site or activity. Before filing this form to confirm the boundary delineation of a resource area, the applicant should discuss other delineation review options with the Conservation Commission. The Commission may require the submission of WPA Form 4A (Abbreviated Notice of Resource Area Delineation), WPA Form 3 (Notice of Intent), or WPA Form 4 (Abbreviated Notice of Intent).